I had bought a Bachmann US 2-6-2 some time ago as a basis for a Kirklees Badger-like loco, I even got as far as a experimental 0-6-4 conversion of the chassis. However time wasn't on my side so I opted for the quick 'temporary' job to satisfy the need for a conventional horizontal boilered steam loco in time for the exhibition, just something to re-enforce the fact that this is a 'miniature' railway.
This is how it looked when bought (I'll admit this isn't the actual loco I bought, this is one I sold on earlier in the year!):
I have made the following modifications:
- Longer cab to hide the motor;
- New front pilot and proper wheel on front pony;
- Rebuilt running plates;
- New air pump and tank on tender (whitemetal castings);
- New handrails;
- Rebuilt tender with driver's seat and footwell;
- Modified loco-tender coupling;
- De-mobbed Preiser Luftwaffe ground man as driver;
The idea has been to create something that could have been built in the 1950s or 60s before the trend moved towards larger locos such as Northern Rock.
The loco now looks like this:
Some may remember I had previously rebuilt a broken example of this model as a static loco, however that has had a few parts robbed from it to make this model. I now have several spare parts, who knows what will happen to them
Oh, and a 0-6-0 version of the chassis arrived last week, and I still have the 0-6-4 conversion parts....